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Official Obituary of

Luezine Ellis

January 17, 1942 ~ March 9, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Luezine Ellis Obituary

Oh the glory of Your presence…We Your temple give you reverence. So arise to Your rest and be blessed by our praise…As we glory in Your embrace…As Your presence now fills this place ~ 

On Saturday, March 9, 2024, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Mother Luezine Ellis was promoted to her heavenly home in the presence of her daughter and grandchildren and surrounded by the prayers of her loving family. 

The beautiful and well-lived life of Mother Luezine Ellis came into this world on January 17, 1942, to the union of the late Will Porter and Genette Hubert-Porter in Batesville, Mississippi.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Charles William Ellis; four sisters, Annie Mildred Hewlett, Ester Mae (Billie) Osby, Willie Mae Sykes, and Minnie Robinson; four brothers, Willie (Blue) Porter, Robert Lee Porter, Larry Porter and Earnest Lee Porter; one daughter, Barbara Ann Ellis and one son, her beloved Joe Willie Porter. 

Mother Ellis grew up in the segregated south in a family of 16 children in Batesville, Mississippi. She was allowed to go to school early in life but had to leave school to work in the fields picking cotton and doing her part to help her family. Because of her experience as a child, it was important to Mother Ellis that her children and grandchildren went to school to get a quality education.    

As a little girl, Luezine expressed a hope in Christ and united in fellowship with Powerhouse Church of God In Christ in Batesville.  It was there that she fell in love with singing, and she had a beautiful and anointed voice.       

In 1962, she united in holy matrimony with the love of her life, the late Charles William Ellis and to this union 10 children were born.  In 1966, Luezine and Charles moved their family to Benton Harbor, Michigan.  She was a homemaker and took care of her children with love and motherly care.  Being a homemaker was what she dedicated her life to, she also had activities that she enjoyed doing and loved to do second-hand resale.  Because of her love for rummaging, Mother Ellis opened her own business and made sure that the items in her store were what the people wanted and needed.  

Upon moving to Benton Harbor, she and her husband united in fellowship with the McCoy Temple Church of God In Christ under the pastoral guidance of the late Superintendent John McCoy Sr. and served faithfully in many capacities of the church.  She was a well-known soloist and she sang in the church choir and she became known for two songs that would stir the house every time she stepped to the microphone, “Sweeping Through The City” and “Trouble In My Way”.  .   

Mother Ellis attended church faithfully and if you talked to her children they would let you know because they had to go every time she went.  Shellia was rebellious in matter, but Mother Ellis and Charles made her go wrinkled dresses and all. Mother Ellis loved the Lord and enjoyed worshipping Him in the beauty of holiness,   

One of her brothers described her as a loving sister who loved everybody.  He also said that she opened her home to anyone in need and in particular her family.  She loved her brothers and sisters dearly.  Family meant the world to  “Mel” and his loving sister whom he affectionately called “Mya”. 

Mother Ellis was a classy dresser, and was known for her beautiful hats, pretty colorful suits and matching heels and her beautiful smile. Her children remember when they would get up for school she would be in the kitchen moping the floor in her heels.   

Mother Ellis was a beautiful and loving mother and grandmother.  She loved the church; she loved God, and she will forever be remembered and missed by all who knew her.  It was the loving effect that she had on everyone she knew.  She will forever and always be missed. 

Mother Ellis leaves heartfelt memories in the hearts of her beautiful daughters Shirley Porter-Johnson and her husband Gregory both of Benton Harbor, Shellia Ann Ellis of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Linda Ellis and Leisa Ellis-Collins and her husband, Reginald of South Bend, Indiana; two goddaughters; Gloria Willis and Shanita Green. Four sons, Carl “Mannie” Porter of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Charles Ellis of Columbus, Ohio, Ambrose Ellis of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Damario Ellis of Wyoming, Michigan; seven sisters, Christine Ellis of Batesville, Mississippi, Mae Bell Porter of Benton Harbor, Gearlene Porter, of Benton Harbor, Earlene Porter of Benton Harbor, Charlene Porter, Irbie Jean Porter and Dorothy Porter all of Batesville, Mississippi; two brothers James (Linda) Porter and Ira Lee (Kathy) Porter of Benton Harbor; 67 grandchildren, a host of great and great-great grandchildren, her beautiful nieces and nephews, loving cousins, family members and friends. 

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39 


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March 22, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
1105 E. Main St.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Celebration of Life
March 22, 2024

11:00 AM
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
1105 E. Main St.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Interment following funeral service
March 22, 2024

Crystal Springs Cemetery
1655 E. Napier Ave
Benton Harbor, MI 49022


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